The swimming in Dover harbor was simply amazing today - just as it had been the previous days. Reflecting on my time in Dover and the training proceeding my trip, I have a few things I learned. First, I am fit and ready to swim on three months training post climbing in Nepal. I think any more time preparing might have lead me to burn out. Also, gaining the extra weight helped a ton because I can tolerate the cold(er) water without any ill effects. Second, marathon swimmers are an awesome group. I cannot believe there are so many nice people who do one sport. If we all took a few tips from the folks here in Dover, my LOST friends in Oakville, Ontario Canada, and the countless English Channel swimmers I met along the way, the world would be a nicer place with less hate and more love. I cannot express in words how grateful I am for all the support and kindness shown to me and my family over the past 5 months. Thank you all.
Here are a few pictures from today just so you can see the harbor with a bit of a breeze filling in. Looks rather calm, eh? Well, the winds were really building and I doubt it would be much fun out in the channel. I snapped these photos late this afternoon well past my early (11am) swim in the harbor. During my swim this morning, I felt the chop that is commonly referred to as the washing machine. It was a blast! I can't wait to bob about in the channel for the real swim. OK, without further delay, here are some pictures....
|A great view from the swimmer's beach in Dover harbor.|
|There I am...smiling while waiting my turn.|
OK, more thoughts on that challenge soon. Time for bed and then another morning dip in the harbor. Fingers crossed I get a chance to swim the channel this year. Expect another update shortly.
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